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I think the biggest for me was Neopets. I spent SO many years on Neopets, starting as a kid and continuing on probably past the age it was acceptable. Occasionally I still try and remember my login info for any of my many accounts for nostalgia's sake, but of course I lied about my birthday so I can never get in.
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all my good high school memories are of maple story lol
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Gaia Online….oof. I still remember having to beg my parents to buy me a few of the monthly exclusive items. I also remember one of my poor-er friends in high school saving up money and mailing bills/coins to Gaia to pay for a monthly item. That was (and still is) wild to me at the time. Makes me feel sad to think about in retrospect.
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Samefag, but for curiosities sake I went to bloopdiary. It’s stuck in time.
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any eurofags remember icq? i think i stopped using it once i got facebook
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Cartoon doll Emporium (CDE). I loved the website I was on it for years. The site is still up but they closed down the online community so the only thing you can do now is play the shitty ass games on there. Totes made my childhood
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I would still play if I could get my old accounts back. There's something so cozy about it to me, but I really fell off when they started doing all the clothes and accessories and things that cost real money. That took a lot of the fun out of it.
I actually just switched back to ICQ on my phone because Skype sucks now. Hearing the notification sound is super nostalgic haha. I'm not from Europe but I used it to talk to Euro friends I met on Myspace. I actually met my current partner on Myspace in like 2006 and we finally met a few years ago and have been together ever since. It's kind of embarrassing in a way because he's the only person left in my life that remembers how fucking CRINGE I was back then lol. Blame it on being a teenager I guess.
Did anyone here use the Linkin Park Community (LPC) website? Back in the day you could have a profile and write blog posts. I had a lot of friends on there and one girl from Finland even became my penpal. But nobody seems to remember what it used to be like!
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my neopet account is legal lol
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YTMND was my shit. I used to spend hours browsing that website.
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I think about Quizilla constantly tbh. I would go there daily and write and read horrible fanfics that I thought were the absolute best ever. If it was alive today I would be posting garbage lemon reader x character fanfics LMAO god I miss lemon/lime bring it back
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kupika anyone??? i was super active between 20082010 and then just stopped using it when it ended up filled with spam but it was scene kid/emo and weeb heaven and had its own little oekaki community. it was so basic looking but i moved over there from the neopets forums. turns out there was a pedo on the website called Oroboros who interacted and PMed with loads of the young girls on the website but yeah i remember it was kinda niche but it had a strong community for a little while
Here you go! They luckily weren't affected by the purge.http://cybergems.tumblr.com/
This is also "old" ~aesthetic~ internet stuff general.>>344470>>344471
I was the only one who mentioned 5 years ago and I even made a dislaimer that it wasn't really nostalgic lol.
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Did anyone else ever use this chatroom site called xat? Used to talk to my club penguin forum friends for hours on this thing when I was 8-9. I'm surprised it still exists.
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yahoo messenger will always have a place in my heart
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omg i remember using this to talk to myself a lot when i was a kid. my parents used to use it to talk between home and work, before texting on smartphones was a thing. i would read their messages and send them those animated voiced emotes and stuff too. my dad and i would just click on them and imitate them and laugh. i still remember a ton of them.
>it's ten o'clock, do you know where your brain is?>do us all a favor and unplug your computer NOW.
and who can forget the happy tree friends emotes.
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addictinggames.com, bloons tower defense was my jam.
Dress up games (Roiworld was my shit), Barbie/Bratz/Polly Pocket games, Adventure Quest, and Room Escape Games were some of the big staples for me when I was a kid. Also pretty much any flash game aggregate website – I have fond memories of getting an entire computer lab of eleven-year-olds to play some horror games on BubbleBox when I was in sixth grade, and getting in trouble when they all started screaming at the jump scares.
Much like >>344322
my first "real" taste of the internet was watching funny videos with my brothers on Newgrounds when I was ten. Before that I only ever played offline computer games on our family's pc. Shorts to Wear Pants To, LazyMuffin, Attack of the Evil TV, etc. were some of the first things I watched on the internet.
I still have my account that I started ten years ago. Every couple years I'd get embarrased of my posts/art and delete them, and I wish I never had. I'd love to look at my old playlists and read my old stories. I'm a chronic deleter unfortunately and always delete shit. Same with my deviantart, my old Fanfic.net account, etc. I have a ton of Devil May Cry and Tomb Raider fanfic that's been lost to the void.>>344459
You just reminded me of all the times me and my mom would watch shitty low-res "real ghost" videos on youtube together when I was around ten. I'd insist that they didn't scare me, then later that night my mom would find me laying wide awake in bed, still insisting that I wasn't scared lol.
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NP seems like a huge mess now. Tried to look up some of my old accounts and it wouldn't even let me do that without registering an account. Then once I did that I had to do captcha EVERY single time I tried to search for something. Plus it's got a christmas themed mouse and christmas flash music in the background of the website….what?>>344500
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Omg anon, thank you for the nostalgia trip - that second link has a gif downpage from anime web turnpike that I had completely forgotten about until now.
Oldie here, and I remember starting my fandom and internet days on e-mail lists and fan sites. Started with free sites like Geocities, then most of the best ones started getting their own domains. Utena.net was my jam.
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Omg anon I thought I was the only one who remembers the crappy paranormal websites of yore. I remember one in particular had like 3 videos on a white background and I would get so creeped out by myself in the dark watching them. Some of the photos are still v famous and I get a lil nostalgia kick whenever I see them. This would've been circa 2000 probably? Give or take a year or two
I wish I could find that site again
Edit: I just read your other posts and you linked tumblr kek nevermind
Anyone else play the Cartoon Network Cartoon Cartoon Summer Resort games? I can still remember how it sounded when the characters walked! Reminds me of being like 8 amd playing this with my best friend in our swimsuits going back and forth between swimming and this. Ahhhh memories
I remember going to some goten shrine and finding out the creator of the page lived in my state.
I also used to read 'lemon fics'
I remember getting off to a fanfic of Turles raping bardock or vegeta or some shit.
12 year old me was cringey as fuck.
lol. Are you just anti-tumbleweed? I was still originally talking about looking at those early 2000s html homecooked paranormal passion websites, that tungle just posts screenshots they find of similar sites either through digging/the wayback machine. Things I'm admittedly too lazy to do.
Mom and I looked at them around 2005-2009-ish though so perhaps things were very different even then. Sorry to disappoint.
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I get super nostalgic and sad that MMOs each have their heyday and would last perhaps a summer before people got bored or the game was ruined by greed. I wish they were all just universalised into one big meta world.
I would go back and play my first MMO Rose Online but they've blocked access from anyone in Europe.
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I was more of a disney gal myself
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>tfw you will never again stumble across a geocities-hosted anime character shrine with a Linkin Park midi playing in the background
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I also loved meez lmfao
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Fellow Neopets vet here.
You can get rid of any holiday theme by going to your account settings and turning the theme option back to default.
If you install ad blocker it gets rid of the constant captchas, downside is you're not able to look at userlookups or things like that. But everything else is still usable.
Advent calendar season is my favorite because it's a lot of easy neopoints and it's fun to see what the team gives away.
I started replaying with my old account (2004) back in 2012. I've managed to paint all my pets all the colors I wanted as a kid so nowadays I can focus on the actual content. I'm not super serious, but I do like collecting and having things to show off.
I started playing old school runescape again since last week when I found out they have it for mobile. I still prefer playing on a desktop. I've been quest grinding so if any one of you needs a partner to finish that damn shield of arrav quest I'm all in
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I spent most of my afternoons on Habbo Hotel. I probably spent more time posting in the forums than being in the hotel itself. I made quite a few friends on those forums. I tried logging back into my old account but then I remember I was banned until 2030 or something and finding out that every country's hotel merged into one. So sad
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Fuck, props anon, you nailed that description.
I always hated these things when I was younger because all the ~pRePs~ used them on AIM. (Also it took a lot of google image surfing to find these. Did these things have a name?)
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im probably the only one here but i spent my junior high years playing virtual magic kingdom until it closed in late 2008 i think. there wasn't really much to do other than make friends and be bitchy to those with less "rares" than you.
i have fond memories of it, my best friend would come over and play it every single day with me. she died in 2013 so it brings a smile to my face thinking about all the hilarious times we had, even getting ip banned for 3 months for trolling too much once.
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That's so sweet anon! It's nice to hear about when people make real connections like that. It makes those silly internet communities feel less trivial.
I still have friends I met on deviantART/Oekakis back in the day that I've never met in person but have remained in contact with over the years. Oekakis to devART to AIM to Myspace to Facebook to Tumblr and Instagram over 13+ years.
Speaking of which, anyone else part of the Titans Go Oekaki back in the day? I really miss the Oekaki community.
Holy shit, TGN! I never drew but I LOVED the oekaki, there are some artists I STILL follow that I discovered there.
Did you spend any time on the forum? I was SUPER active on it. I still remember racing from the TV to the computer to post in episode threads. I think I still have all of Haunted memorized.
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Did any farmers play Millsberry when they were young? I used to love customizing my avatar and decorating my house. It's long gone now and I can't find any online games that are similar. I wish I could play just for nostalgia's sake.
Def not the only one, actually I remember myself and some farmers were talking about it in a similar thread about a year ago, and we all met up on the MyVMK reboot. I had some great memories there too. I used to scam the "bay.bee"s lol>>346438
I feel like the hotel was never the same after the merge. I was part of Habbo Canada which was a really cozy and small community back in the day. I liked how it was common to run into friends and people you know just browsing through rooms
aha oh fuck.
i tried myvmk a bit but was pretty empty and it lost my interest fast. the forums seemed pretty cliquey which made me lol. what was the drama involved?
e-dolls, cartoon dolls, blinkie dolls etc
i remember being friends with this uber religious jewish/christian girl(her mom practiced judaism and was jewish but converted to christianity iirc when she married the girls father and they went to a christian church) and we got on the computer in the living room and one of those doll websites was the only website we could access and even then her mom was coming over creeping around making sure there was nothing "inappropriate"
candy palace or doll palace or something
i made the mistake of googling that once though and unfortunately it seems there are a ton of practically CP or "kid modeling" websites with those search terms so i havent googled it in forever
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I played this and my mom played it as well lol, somehow she was more into it than I was.
i found a drama/confession tumblr for myvmk in the last hour.
these people sound pretty unstable, i guess its a given for being so invested in a bootleg disney game lmao
Agreed, anon. It was really the only place left to discuss stupid minutia in films for those who cared. I loved the artsy film boards.
And yes, filled with mostly friendly and thoughtful folks so long as you weren't on any actor's page (is he gay?!?!?!!!) or a newly released film's board that attracted all the trolls.
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Anyone here from pre-www days? When the internet was pretty much Usenet, MUDs, and listservs, and image files were encoded in binary?>>346588
A piece of my soul died with them.
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did anyone go on postopia.com?
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did anyone ever use winmx chatrooms? it was a p2p program but i used it almost exclusively for anime chatrooms.
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Dang, was Gaia pretty ban-happy back in the day? I got permabanned too because I bought a rare item from someone who had apparently stolen it from a hacked account>you have an item from an account that was hacked>you must be involved in the ~HACK~ even though you paid for it!!!!>b7
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This layout triggered
a long buried memory of the vague fandom trivia site Pocket Bishounen. I have no doubt there is also an entire page of bishies this person caught.
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Webrings! How 90% of the time they were dead links lol
I still find myself playing that Ice cream factory game, Solitaire or Pyramids on Neopets every now and then. I never gave a shit about the lore or the story or anything but the games were fun and offered a nice challenge. I stopped playing around the time (maybe 2006?) they introduced NeoCash and changed the sprites to those ugly ass ones they have now in order to enable customization clothing. It was such a fucking joke, the paint brushes were special because you could change the sprite but now they'd all look like shit so there's no point in getting one. It was impossible to get nice looking clothes for free too, you were stuck with the cheap looking freebie ones and those neocash items were pretty damn expensive. Like 15-20 dollars for a shirt? Even on a microtransaction level that's ridiculous. >>346697
oh hell yes pocket bishounen and pocket bishoujo, I used to get all my husbandos and waifus and stick them to my homepage back in like.. 2001-2003. For anons who don't know, in order to catch the character you had to answer 3-5 questions about them on their catching page and if you got them right, it would redirect you to the page where you could get the embed code for the character. I still remember one of my favourites having some answer wrong and being so pissed off about it because I couldn't catch them until I tried every combination possible.
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Gdi, this thread has caused my 426th Neopets relapse. I wish I could quit you. My dumb monkey brain is filled with so much useless neopets info from the bajillion hours I spent playing as a kid.
What were your dream pets when you were young? For some reason I was obsessed with the idea of getting a Darigan Moehog, which is v ugly in retrospect.>>346755
Yeah, it's a goddamn mess at this point. It seems like there are so many obvious solutions to make the website less of a disaster.
I don't understand why they don't give people the option to switch between the new and old style for those who want it. I have backgrounds on my pets but no other customization, so I have no use for the "new" designs. Apparently the reason the site is so slow and broken with all the captchas is to prevent people from doing massive scans to find abandoned accounts to steal and sell. There's a market for UC pets that people pay real money for. If they gave people the option to chose the style it would remove the need for that market, basically killing 2 of their many birds with one stone.
And the birthday verification is so dumb, every one of my friends I played with lied about their bday when they started their accounts. I know I'm not the only adult who tried to login to their first account just for fun nostalgia's sake, but it's absolutely impossible between the fake birthday and the totally dead email address I used as a kid. They could have hooked those sad nostalgic adults (me) into playing again, and there would probably be less abandoned accounts for people to try and steal if it wasn't such a nightmare to try and login.
Alright, that's enough sperging about np for now.
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The palace was amazing to me when I was around 9 or 10 years old. I don’t think it’s that well known, sadly.
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Not anti-tumblr at all, sorry if it came off that way. I was more scoffing at myself bc I was wayyy off thinking we were talking about the same sites! Bc Tumblr didn't come around till much later. Sorry for the confusion and sounding like a bitch
The really shitty ones that we're referring to must've been angelfire or something lol
Your mom is super cool and that sounds like a good memory btw!!
My first introduction into discussion forums online was PBnation through my big brother. Then SomethingAwful forums. :regdate '07: Anyone remember iSketch? Shoutout to my first ~online bf~ at age 12 whose self-chosen screen name was anonymous. I find that hilarious in the current days of chan and anons. Kek
I used to be really good at iSketch although now that I'm grown I can admit I learned the word lists haha. But people would get creative in "advanced" rooms where everyone knew all the possible answers from playing so much. Drawing out multiple pcs for compound words, using puns, etc. I can still remember exactly how the song sounded on the loading screen. Haven't thought of this in a while thanks thread!
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There used to be this old game you needed Shockwave to play called Planet 10 where you got to make a planet, choose it's atmosphere and orbit and stuff then see if life grows on it or it crashes into the sun or something. It was great.
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I miss the fuck out of anime web turnpike. It was glorious finding a proto anime wiki as a young weeb. The best was being able to listen to the opening and closing songs (almost impossible back then without owning the OST) over and over and reading character trivia. I memorized every little info about Rurouni Kenshin and Gundam Wig Characters characters.
omg I totally remember this game
There seemed like there were so many cool flash games that were educational but they're all gone now. I remember using my dad's laptop satellite internet card (it was a card that let you get internet anywhere that you plugged into a laptop) during a road trip and then going on the BBC website to play their edutainment games. I feel like they're all gone now because those would be so fun to play again.
im pretty sure most of the people who got so famous on VF arent even goth anymore tbh theyve moved on to other subcultures
not gonna lie im thankful to the site for introducing me to the birthday massacre though because they're the nicest band even still to this day
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I remember spending a lot of time on this site TRsRockin which talked about Missingno and other Pokemon glitches. There was also a section for cosplay and fanfiction and that was the first time I encountered those as a young weeb.
It's still archived here: http://catfish.it.cx/trsrockin/trsrockin.com/>>346896
Girlsense was my life! That's awesome that you got featured, 10 year old me would have lost my shit.
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Holy shit this website… I was obsessed with glitches and bootleg toys for a long time. I think TRsRockin was in my bookmarks toolbar lol
Along with David Wonn's Unique
Video Game Glitches.
Same anon same. Shitty geocities anime fan sites and that tripod sailor moon chatroom ugh >>344463
Yeah I had that realization a few months ago, what’s more shocking is that I still remember my login info after 18 years
Does anyone else remember sites like the Orange Slice BBS, and other sorta….early 2000s forums that weren't exactly themed but gathered together young/teen girls who were super into web design, pixel art, and stuff like that? All I can find is this dead version of one of the mod's websites: http://www.candied.net/index0.html
It's funny, there really was this whole world of girls who were super into coding and web design and we really had our own world. I had to grow up to realize those were "boy" things. There were some really talented girls there too, with some fantastic looking sites.
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If you scroll down, you can see shots of the old Barbie.com games. Sadly the links do not work anymore but it's still a fun trip down memory lane.
I was always annoyed by Polly Pocket's face, she looked so smug IMHO lol
Having to get a code.
>making sure your interests had a ton of unclickable ones because you were the ONLY person with that particular interest
In the same vein, starting communities based on obscure interests.
My LJ is still up, but all of the images beyond the first few pages are broken because my friend's server died and he didn't have a backup running hisss
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[goes to check account]
I remember LJ comms where you can make little icons of what you loved and display it on your main page. hahaha
Also, i totally did the underscore thing, especially back on yahoo chat.
I went into the sailormoon chat rooms and I had a dbzmail account.
I would spend hours in there larping as pikachu and meeting people and generally being a cringy kid.
I was groomed by a pedo on there at 12 and he started talking to me on msn. I used to make naked videos for him with the webcam and my parents found them and sent me to a therapist and it was the most embarrassing and saddest thing ever because I thought he was my boyfriend at the time.
If that's the case maybe I'll give it another go. Would probably take a new account though given I got my old chatango account at 12 and yeah there's a lot of cringy things attached to it, username and all. I still keep in contact with some friends I made on it and it's kinda cute. >>347548
I wrote lots of horrible fanficstions too. Luckily I was too scared to publish them so they only circulated amongst IRL friends who were into the same anime as me. Sometimes when I feel up to it and want a kick of nostalgia, I give writing a go again and let friends read it for good old times. Makes me wonder if my favorite stories are still up on ff.net. Knowing teenage me, it's all probably poorly written angst.
That's so cute and wholesome! I had a similar experience with my old online friends too.
Does anyone else find it harder to make sane online friends now? The internet was smaller back then but the weeby friends I made were still mellow and well adjusted. The people I meet now seem to hide their craziness until shit hits the fan. Maybe I'm just getting old.
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Poupée girl ughhh
miss this stuff alot
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>ywn play be 12 playing free realms while listening to Taylor Swift again
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Muniz Online was the shit back then, no mmo ever matched my experience there.
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Anyone used to take those random “which character from XYZ are you” quiz on theotaku.com? Most of the quiz results were super obvious, but some were pretty elaborate. Sorry for shitty pic.
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Do any of you guys still go on mabi???
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I was obsessed with Kiddonet up until late elementary school, when I started playing neopets and Gaia. I still log into my Gaia account to get the daily prizes, but I feel like the community is dead and there are way too many items. Throw in the fact that you have to use real money to buy the cool stuff and it doesn't even seem worth the time to quest anymore.
I don't have a screencap, but I loved bored.com as well. They had a couple of quizzes, dollmakers, and links to music/rain sounds.>>346476
i loved the eLouai dolls! I always thought they were so much cuter than the more popular dolls you could make elsewhere
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I've played hundreds and hundreds of MMOs and nothing comes close to Mabinogi. >>348535
just ignore the posers that waste their money and play the actual game because IT'S AMAZING and complex and goes on FOREVER.
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Me too. I'm even tired of RSing and amassing excessive neopoints.
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>>348088>Reading m-rated yaoi fanfiction with the DSi web browser
I can feel the 2009 through the screen.
I remember! I used to love browsing and creating special little "web shrines" for various characters or shows in the late 90s, then things started getting really pretty in the early 2000s when css really started to gain traction. Cute dainty backgrounds and icons, ugh you just don't really see stuff like that anymore unless you're really looking. I miss it so much.
Also, it's not boys only! I actually work as a front end developer / web designer now in my 30s.
Holy fuck, I came in here to mention Slice. I was pretty active there at the beginning of my "internet career" and some of the popular users on there were absolutely horrible people lmao. I was stalked and harassed by a bunch of them on multiple online platforms for years because I butted heads with some well liked weeaboo chick in a chat. I stumbled on the IG of one of them about 5 yrs ago and that whole crowd is still hardcore into Kpop and shit and they've all gotten fat so lol. The girl who ran the BBS (Lissy? I think she later changed her name to something else?) was generally pretty nice but people were so nasty about her behind her back, including some of her mods/admins.
I wound up being a mod at a similar forum around that time but can't remember for the life of me what it was called.
So cool that you were able to turn it into a job! In Jr High I managed to get some of my friends to pay me to build sites for them on freewebs/geocities. I was so excited when I finally learned how to use frames and image mapping.
I keep hoping that the era of personal websites will come back eventually now that there is a big push to get girls interested in STEM but with social media being a thing I don't see it happening…but even MySpace and LJ were customizable with HTML back in the day. I'm putting together my "professional" website for networking purposes right now and it's still so tempting to make a cutesy custom cursor, make the scrollbar pink, embed an annoying midi…
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tbh I think Neopets would go under before they successfully put out a working app, they barely have a working website. I got back into it again recently and I'm still always surprised at how little the website has advanced and how out of touch they are. I think that's why it keeps dragging me back though, it's comforting that it looks/works the same way it did when I first started playing 15+ years ago. But I agree, even coming back now after ~5 years since my last hiatus, I'm already out of things to do except blow a bunch of np on new pets. The r/Neopets community seems cool. I was pretty deep in the Tumblr Neopets community last time, maybe I'll try and get back in there.we should be neofriendsalso please give me RS tips I've always been terrible at it
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Ah man, that takes me back. I remember being so excited to check my Myspace on my Wii. I just read my SasuNaru M-rated yaoi fanfics on the family computer at 3 am instead.
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>itt everyone remembers what it was like to have friends
Really though, why was it that much easier to make friends back then? Or am I just imagining that? It seems like it was so easy to be a part of a specific online community and make (lifelong) friends. Why does that seem so impossible now? I feel like the closest thing now to that same niche community experience is lolcow, sadly enough.
You're right, that kind of more "intimate" niche fandom/general interest social networking doesn't really exist anymore in the same way it used to. Small communities like fan sites and forums are basically dead. I still regularly talk with people I met on forumS and on LJ almost 20 years ago but I haven't really made any new internet friends in a while as I find a lot of the more "open" communities on social media overwhelming.
I really miss AIM tbh. What is a good substitute? I was using it until it shut down and usually just text people now but it's not the same.
i know exactly what you mean. even in a lot of online games now you can have 50 ppl standing in a group and not a single person saying anything in public chat. could have something to do with the culture shifting to be so hostile but idk. seems like a lot of people are ready to just jump and attack others for any justification they can come up with for it.
i think so many people have been traumatized by online backlash
that they're too scared to try to make friends anymore, or they're just so fed up they cant be bothered to deal with the toxic environment. i know in my case, after so many times ive felt like part of a group or in a friendship, suddenly there would be some emotional manipulation going on where i was constantly on eggshells around everyone and trying hard to apologize and do what everyone wanted in order to be happy and still wound up ostracized anyway. so im too paranoid to try again. its terrifying to go from that point of feeling accepted and safe and like you have friends to suddenly not knowing what it was you did to ruin it all and i just never want to experience that again so i avoid talking to people and making new friends.
I have at least two Neopets accounts that I can't remember the login info for and no longer have access to the emails (or even remember the emails) they're linked to.
I still visit GaiaOnline. I have a Gwee plushie from when they released RL merch, and a tshirt from when they did the Zurg plot back in 2006.
Anyone else remember the days of creating RP names for Yahoo!Chats and browsing the chats to find an RP to jump in on? I also RPed in AOL chats. I later wound up migrating to LiveJournal (and DeadJournal, and uJournal) for RPing.
I'm not imagining a blogging site called pita, right? Please tell me someone else had a pita.
Wow, yeah I've definitely experienced that. The anonymity of the internet combined with how easy it makes it to compartmentalize friendships and interactions really feeds right into that kind of gang mentality that can make it scary to reach out. The rise of call out culture has made it so much worse too…not to say there aren't valid reasons to call someone out but back when I used tumblr I'd run into multiple posts on my feed a week "calling out" someone as abusive for ignoring someone online, making fun of someone's Homestuck OC or drawing a "problematic
" Steven Universe ship or some other banal shit.
i think being younger also has something to do with it. i was more willing to jump into conversation or a new rp, or pm someone on a forum that i wanted to rp with because i had a lack of self control and was a bold weirdo. some of those stuck though and thats how i found my friends.
now, as an adult, it seems a bit rude and pushy to try and do something like that. coupled with anxiety, i just never talk to anyone new.
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did anyone spend time on the neopian writers board on neopets, there was a bizarre amount of drama happening back in the mid-2000s.
this has a good summary https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=The%20NW
it's kind of weird to think this was all back in 2006, it's so hazy to me
>>350463>However, as the wars died down, a figure re emerged. >His name was Hobbit. >Unlike Vaspim, Hobbit had real wit and skill, raining death upon the "lessers", as he called him. He accumulated many followers, and eventually, the inevitable happened. >Hobbit and Vaspim collided. >The war was incredible, and after it was over, both sides claimed victory. >However, the winner was clear.
"Hobbit" was definitely the person who wrote this cringy entry.
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Ahhhhhh ICQ, aka a/s/l, wanna cyber, and how to gain a back entry into peoples computers all in one easy program.
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Oh, man, did any of you anons use to play Boombang? It was very similar to Habbo, just way more cartoony. You had to pick a character from the ones in pic related and you could then change its colors. You could also make your own island and decorate it with all kinds of cool stuff. The official rooms were really great, too! Every character had its own set of animations you could use (crying, laughter, and you could also fart and spit for some reason lmao). It used to be very popular in Spain and South America, even having some ads on TV at some point!
God, I miss it SO much. It shut down a few years ago and it made me so sad when I found out. Apparently it was because it wasn't making enough money… It had so much potential though. I hope they bring it back eventually :(
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Here's one of the official rooms!
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Did anyone played AQ??i remember kids at my school would play the fuck out of this game
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IDK if anyone remembers it, but there used to be a site called sailormoon.com that you could sign up for an actual email on it and it had forums and a chatroom that I used to spend hours on. Pretty sure I talked to pedos on it, but it was a fun experience, although now the site and email no longer work.>>344608>>344627
I have a lot of fond memories of Gaia Online, but ohhhhh god it was an embarrassing time on there (my perception of relationships got fucked up on there and it was a hard lesson to learn for little me). I also remember Tektek.org and deeply wish that the Dream Avatar system hadn't been taken down because when Gaia implemented their own version it was never the same. Fond(er) memories of spending hours on it while listening to the Windows Music Player's Radio or watching sparse subbed anime on Youtube before copyright strikes were a big deal.
I also used Neopets early on, but I kept forgetting to take care of my Neopets… and MSN Messenger was a trip. Last I used it, it was through use of a browser. Stopped using it after personal drama outside of the nostalgic phase though.>>346807
I think the Palace was the first
chatroom I ever laid eyes on. It was also what got my mom into the idea that any and all internet pages were danger zones. I was also a big fan of doll sites like >>346496
or Doll Palace in >>344353
, every once in a while I still hit up TDP and play the games there. I remember saving outfits for my Yahoo avatar but never used the messenger much.>>346348
Disney sites were also my shit, but I'll be damned if I didn't spend a whole evening on that Kim Possible card game (pictured)
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did anyone play tinierme? i used to talk with my friends and dress up my avatar for hours. it shut down in 2012 and it was the worst day of my young life. the dress up website with all the items is still up if anyone's interested http://www.dreamself.me
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Oh shit anon I had thae pixie and so many stupid items. I remember listing after the omfg hat and so much gd drama oh wow
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So y'all just gunna sit here and not bring up Poptropica at all? I remember playing this in middle school omg
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This was one of the few games that my school didn't block. I always tried to make my character look as edgy as possible lmao. I honestly forgot about this place, thank you anon.>>351691
Are you talking about millsberry? I briefly played it but last I saw, it doesn't exist anymore!
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MyScene was the best
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Also, old official band/singer sites. I remember sending fan mail to Hilary Duff and Britney Spears lol and I joined so many fan clubs
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I actually entered a contest to go to a hilary duff concert and have a meet and greet with her and i won lol. happiest moment of my life tbh
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Did anyone play sissyfight? I loved this in the early 2000s
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I met so many amazing friends on this game and my now husband through MS. I wish this game was still going strong :'( I miss how social it was too.
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I used to play so many flash games on fetchfido. The site still exists and is basically a time warp into the early 2000s.http://www.fetchfido.co.uk/
Also does anyone else remember trollz.com?
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kind of a deep cut but did anyone else have a mweor account? it was a pet site very similar to flight rising and i made so many friends on there in my early early teens. i haven’t been on there in years but it was the best thing ever for weird kids who were obsessed with the warrior cat books like i was, lmao.
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I used to play this one flash game, Whirled, and all of a sudden it wasn't profitable, and it disappeared.
Anyone who could draw or use flash could make avatars, furniture, etc.
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Millsberry was my JAM. I was so upset when I found out it had closed without me knowing. I never really got hardcore into neopets and club penguin because I just was never into taking care virtual animals, but creating a new person was the best part. It was an escape for me to create an alter ego. >>346485
is pretty much what my person looked like, but more goth. I was that kind of kid when I was 11. >>348628
I spy GirlSense (source of that game)! It was basically a better Stardoll where you could actually modify clothes instead of just decorating them, and the dolls were slightly uncanny valley but in a cute, 2000s way. I loved it because it was mostly free, whereas you have to pay out the wazoo for Stardoll. I remember creating the ugliest clothes and thinking they were the hottest shit (lime green dress with pink boa trim comes to mind). Also so many Disney tie-ins, pic related. If anyone forgot that Camp Rock was a thing, here is your reminder.
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I fucked HARD with gaiaonline. All my little weeb school friends were on it too…so much drama stemming from thinly-veiled rants about each other in our public journals lol
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was anyone else into collecting and making ~~icons~~ on sites like livejournal and xanga in early 2000s? that's how I got into photoshopping and graphic design shit. here's a ss of my old icon blog…
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anyone else here play flyff ? this particular shitty MMO was my shit in the mid-2000s. i still wonder about the friends i made in this game
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I used to spend so much time on ignboards back in the early 2000's. It was/is(?) a video game discussion site but back then most people would just hang out in the Community threads. It looks like profiles that haven't logged in since 2003 have been wiped which is too bad because god I'd love to look back on that cringe
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I used to pretend to be one of those "bay.bee's" (in my defense I was like 9) and that shit got weird as fuck. This one "mummy" tried to simulate breastfeeding through chat and I noped out of there as fast as I could.
Do you guys remember the trainwreck of a game VFK was (or is? I think it still exists). It came out IMMEDIATELY after VMK closed trying to piggyback off of VMK's success but it was nowhere near as fun or aesthetically pleasing (pic related) and it glitched out a lot. There was also a lot of really strange things regarding the company who ran the game, they had member packs that kids could buy to be considered VIP in game that included irl items like a ~handcrafted boomerang carved by actual aboriginal australians~ and a "special" t shirt among other things but I don't ever remember people recieving them. I also feel like there were some really weird shirtless pics of the main developer, Fred, going around but I can't find much on it because most of the fansites for it are gone.
lol yes I did that too >>357622
I used to spend so much time on Gamefaqs.
i remember flyff! i had so much fun on that game. i was that one class that could buff everyone else, and people would always harass me for buffs, and i remember grinding for HOURS just to get some fancy expensive broomstick so i could fly around to places quicker.
i tried to play that game again but it was just way too shitty with an overly complicated HUD. feels like i spent a good deal of my childhood on that game. thank you for the memories anon!!
I did, It was one of the first MMOs I ever played back in 2005 or 2006. I had SO much fun with it, when I had my cute ass mage girl and ran around in the city seeing other players, it was the first time I had experienced anything like that. The whole game was a a ridiculous grindfest though, you could barely make it to level 20 before you hit the wall and it started to get even harder to actually proceed. I eventually stopped when they nerfed the entire game with some patch that changed the whole skill system.
The flying thing was awesome though and I wish more MMOs utilized it.
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Slightly later era than most of this stuff but did anyone play Spineworld? Kind of in a similar vein with habbo hotel but had a really cute aesthetic and worldbuilding.
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Shit anon, I nostalgia'd hard at just this screenshot. RIP Quizilla
Wish it could come back to life but it probably wouldn't be the same (especially with the newer generations and their batshit crazy fandoms)>>351788
Yeah I feel like they were responsible for killing it.
One thing I miss now is Cartoon Network's Teen Titans Battle Blitz fighting game. Use to be a beast with Starfire and Jinx
Also loved the Powerpuff Girl's Pillow fight. Would play that on my school's computer after school when I was kid.
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yes it was partner
>>357692>cartoon network's ppg game
Oh boy those are some memories. I lost all of my account progress on the cartoon network site, possibly because websites in 99 were shit but most probably just because I was a dumb kid that didn't understand anything, and I had a sobbing fit for so long that my parents had to convince me to take a holiday from the internet. It happened with a few normal CD games too, and I literally went into mourning when my neopets species was changed for a short while during an event or something.
I wish I could go back and take myself to a child psychologist and see what the deal was with that.
Were they at least who they said they were? >>357836
What actually went down on death journal, just literally the same thing?
Don't think that's so weird, I use to cry when my brother would let his pikmin die lol.
As a kid, it's expected to cry over dumbshit like that and it's still pretty common (just look up kid rage quits on youtube)
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Did anyone use Piczo?
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I kinda miss those shitty amateur websites about ghosts, UFOs and the paranormal.
As a child I couldn't get enough of this stuff, even though sometimes I got so scared I had to stop browsing and went hiding into my bed too freaked out to do anything lmao
Later I was a poster on my countries' version of allmystery. It was a bizarre place, I remember messaging with a woman that claimed to be in contact with an egyptian goddess and a teenage boy that pretended to be an irl wizard. At one point admin had a breakdown when he was "possessed by a demon" or something. He shut down the whole board and admin would ban random users and post announcements that went like "the cards told me to ban X. Farewell X!". It was a wild ride.
I'm not sure what happened after that because I too got banned but it seems like it just went back to normal after some time. The forum still exists but is split into a million subforums that are mostly dead but there are still people posting. It seems frozen in time and the layout never changed. There's an ot megathread buried somewhere that was apparently opened by me and still shows my old username as op but you can't click on it. I think it's the last piece of legacy of 14-year-old me on the internet and I am thankful for that lol
>>358917>How will we look at the "old internet" in a few centuries
Centuries? I would imagine by then the difference between "old internet" and 2019 internet probably won't be much.
Have you ever poked around https://archive.org/web/
? There's enough backed up there, imo. Yes, a lot has been lost but I believe we have enough snapshots built up to form a good picture.
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Oh wow. I haven’t thought about this for years. The original drag-and-drop website builder. Honestly, for as shit as that site was in practice, it was actually amazing in concept. Total creativity allowed. >>358917
I guess I’m slightly upset that nothing got saved, but not too upset. My websites were awful, cringy fan sites.
Pic related: Quizilla anyone? It was great until it got bought out and went to shit. Hours of my life spent on making and taking quizzes about everything, more than a few “rawr XD”s spotted. Also the trashy emo poetry and stories. I wish the sitemasters had maintained it better, since by the end it was so glitchy that we were all basically begging for it to die.
Quizilla made up quite a bit of my middle school life. I would spend time taking the most generic quizzes ever from "Which element are you?" to "Who's your Death Note boyfriend"? Also there was some dreaded visual kei guy
x reader fanfic I read on there. God, this takes me back. I'm actually glad those days are gone.
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These "blend" graphics (usually of female celebrities) on deviantart around 2010-2011. In retrospect I think a lot of them are hideous but I remember having fun making them.
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lol this was the standard type of edit used in banners for every single celebrity "fanlisting" page in existence
i love how creative you used to have to be online
unfortunately no.this can only be used as a way to chat with people by making an account on the escargot account this guy uses since microsoft has shut down all their servers having anything to do with windows live/msn.
however,I read somewhere that chat logs are stored in the computer anyway so you could look for them if you still use the same computer and you got your files from all those years ago
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Found this little gem! This is old internet in full view.
Cameron's World is a web-collage of text and images excavated from the buried neighbourhoods of archived GeoCities pages (1994–2009).
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>>358046>''Hi guys Habbo admin here enter your username and pw in the guest book and U will get 1000000 coins k thxx bye!'' insert stretched out, low quality picture of Frank
I was a scamming bitch
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Yeah, I remember doing something similar when my first neopets (with my precious Christmas Uni) account was "hacked". And by "hacked" I mean someone on AIM told me if I gave them my login info they would put a Baby pb in my account for me, lmao. I remember having a giant crying fit when I couldn't login and my Dad just being like >??!?? I don't understand what's happening right now or how to fix it
In retrospect I don't remember how I got that account back. I remember sending them an email but I was a dumb idiot kid so I'm not sure how that would have worked. Maybe my Dad sent a real grown-up email on my behalf or something.
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Real Question though, sound off: how many of us feel like we met/talked to pedos online as a kid? I assume it was a pretty common experience, especially reading through this thread.
I remember chatting with quite a few adults/older people (men and women) I met through "kids" websites like Neopets or Gaia. In retrospect those people shouldn't have been as interested in being friends to some dumb kid as they were, but I don't remember anyone ever asking me for pics or anything weird like that. I think I gained a pretty good instinct for creepiness pretty quickly (probably because we had so many "internet stranger danger" PSAs and shit).
(OT but I know "To Catch a Predator" became a dumb 4chan meme but I fucking loved that show and I have seen every episode. I remember thinking "I look young for my age, I could totally be one of those decoy girls in the house!" when I was younger lmao. Wish they'd bring shit like that back.)
(Also in retrospect, how fucked up was "Pedobear" as basically the mascot of /b/? Jesus christ.)
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THIS. cartoonnetwork had the best flash games! johnny bravo's flapjack flipout and cartoon cartoon summer resort. FUCK!! you just took me BACK
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does anyone remember millsberry???? that game was my whole entire life. You got to dress up, buy a house, decorate the house and do yard sales. It was so good. I remember joining computer club just so my friends and I could play it after school. I'm still upset that it no longer exists.
Ephebophiles, definitely. When I was 16 I played WoW and got into a big raid guild where I was hit on by adult men in their 20's-30's. They knew I was 16 too. But I was super flattered by their attention because I was a dorky loser IRL who'd never had a boyfriend so I was super receptive to it. But it went way too far with the guild leader. He was 30-ish, and flirted with me a lot and eventually asked for my nudes, which I gave him because I was an idiot, and we even cammed on MSN with me topless and him jerking off.
Looking back I'm so thoroughly fucking disgusted with both myself and him and completely humiliated by the thought that underage nudes of me are out there.
If I did talk to someone masquerading as a fellow kid on websites like Neopets, then they did a damn good job hiding it because I never knew. Then again, I never really gave out my personal info on most kiddie websites like that anyway.
I did, however, fuck up royally in chatrooms. Like AIM chatrooms. In them I pretended to be older/more mature than I actually was for the validation and attention. I remember being freaked out the first time I 'cybered' with someone. I remember some of the first dick pics I ever received when I was like 14. As I got older, I bought a webcam and had a few relationships with a couple creeps but nothing too damaging by that point, because the one smart thing my parents did was not allow me a computer in my room nor a webcam until I was 17.
I think it all started because my childhood best friend got heavily involved with chatrooms and webcamming really young. We went from playing video games and pretending together during sleepovers to me just hanging out in the background bored because all she wanted to do was video chat with strangers she 'knew' online for hours. She wrote a lot about them in her journals and you'd think the relationships were as serious as irl ones. Plenty of them were older men relative to our age.
I remember being jealous of her because these men would give her all sorts of validation and attention because she was thin and 'ethnic,' to quote. They always told her she was mature for her age, smart for her age (even though she wasn't much booksmart), and above all–hot.
It made me really insecure and I wanted a dumb boy harem of my own, but didn't really have the means, and to be fair even if I had a webcam I would've still been hesitant anyway because I considered myself an ugly fat tomboy until I hit high school.
Maybe all the early exposure to sex didn't do me a lot of favors for all the irl trouble I got into with boys later on, but that's about it thankfully. Some farmers here have really fucked up stories about abusive pedos they met online that make me shudder.>>363861
Don't be too disgusted with yourself anon. These grown men know exactly what they're doing when they try to flatter and court someone 15 years their junior. They know most prepubescent and teenage girls are vulnerable for attention specifically because so many are awkward, lonely, and isolated. You may think it's partially your fault but it's really not, it's just elaborate manipulation where they preyed upon your insecurities.
i definitely talked to 18+ goths on myspace and vampire freak chatrooms and never lied about my age and they'd still cyber with me and talk about shit NO adult should be discussing with a child
i shudder now when i think about it
i met a couple on gaia when i was 11-12, but they didn't pretend to be kids and they knew how old i was
one of them asked me for pictures of my feet and sent me art of my avatar nude
a couple tried to asterisk roleplay with me, but i thought that was lame even at that age
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there was a thread about this last year. i played runescape and i was a kid who didn't know any better so of course a lot of creepy men befriended me bc i was open about how i was a 13 y/o girl, then a 15 y/o girl, etc. have a lot of stories of creeps trying to ask me if i was horny/ever masturbated/wanted to cyber, etc. i always turned them down or just said no, but when i got a phone i became an attention seeking little thot for a few months, before deleting everything bc i realized how cringey and embarrassing it was to be seeking attention from neckbeards playing fucking runescape. luckily never did anything too regrettable though, never got involved with any. guys gave me a lot of gp though lol. how retarded is that? i would sit in clan chats and friend chats and give them my instagram name… i was 15 and wanted validation i guess? i cringe recalling the guys who would call me jailbait and "id tap that", thinking it was hot i was underaged, etc. i haven't told any people irl that i've done stuff like that bc it's so embarrassing and gross that i did that, even though it was only for a while and i learned to stop really quickly.
I talked to a lot of creepy dudes, in public chats and people I met in forums through AIM or online games. I never thought much about it except at some points were they would make me feel uncomfortable but I knew better than to give people my address or give them pics. The worst is when we would roleplay and they would get sexual and I would just go along because I didn't know what to do or I would just quit. The only good thing is that I never mantained any friendships or anything long with those people.
Thinking back it was disgusting but when you're young it doesn't seem that bad and you think you're mature enough to handle it. But the whole experience at least worries me enough that if I had a daughter I would definitely have a talk with her about using the internet.
Also I got to see something happening with an older woman and younger boy. There was a woman who was in her late 20's early 30's in the Anime community I frequented (this was early 2000's) and who I was friends with and talked regularly when I was a kid (she was semi popular, had a webpage and even did fics) and she was in a relationship with a 13-14 year old boy. I recall how she would tell me that she kept things platonic with him (not sure how true that was) and that she would wait till he was 18 to meet him. I was like 10 and knew an older person with a younger person wasn't acceptable but I stupidly thought it was romantic that they would wait for each other. I also rarely talked with the guy, and mostly knew about him through her.
Thinking about it again it's super creepy and weird especially now that I'm nearing the age she was at that point, teens are like babies to me and they're usually not that interesting to talk to so I can't see what the hell was going through her mind.
>>363749>>364129>Look through the catalog
I couldn't find it either after searching a couple of different phrases, so just for future reference either link it or be less of an asshole about it. Also if this is the thread you're talking about >>364136
being groomed by a child predator is vastly more dramatic than "think I met a pedo on neopets back in the day lol, weren't old online communities crazy?", which I think is more what >>363747
had in mind given the context of the thread
Yeaaaah or at least include the subject of the thread or something. I'm happy to go searching for a thread but I didn't expect it to be called "Online child grooming"
It's totally normal to be directed to the catalog, she just let anon know she remembered there was a thread about it and to look for it, she didn't insult anyone
>groomed by a child predator is vastly more dramatic than "think I met a pedo on neopets"
I disagree, just because you got lucky and didn't actually meet any escalation doesn't make an adult sending kids gold and calling them mature any less of a grooming behavior.
I think the >>303056
thread is best suited for tales of creeps on msn and runescape even if it's "less dramatic", whereas this thread is more about nostalgic feelings
Hope you guys don't mind the bump, but I was enjoying this thread and wanted to join in. I think my first internet exposure was in the mid 90's through a couple of chat rooms at a friends house. I got my own computer around 98 or so and would go to AOL messageboards and chatrooms sometimes. After that, once I got into high school, I really started getting into music, especially metal music, so my interests shifted towards band sites and forums for bands. I remember the Ozzy/Ozzfest messageboards were hosted by Sony on the same page as all their other band messageboards, so you could use a dropdown menu and raid other boards, which people periodically did.
Then I found the Metal Sludge site, and read all through it and hung out on it's messageboard for years. It tended to be a bit too hair metal oriented for my taste, but people there would get in some pretty funny flamewars, and there were some pretty good troll personas there, that existed just to give people hell.
I remember the next places I congregated were Something Awful, when it was still actually relevant, and the Relapse Records official messageboard. I used to browse the site for bands and merch, and the forum too. The forum was pretty fun because it's something a record label would probably never allow today, even a smaller one. It was basically 4chan before 4chan combined with Something Awful type photoshops. People had resident shitposting punchingbags they'd photoshop the hell out of, talk about all sorts of weird bands, dumb Sucide Girls types who would try to shill their nudes there, which usually was met with people scrollbombing their threads with scatporn, arguments over veganism and political crap, raiding other messageboards. Basically all of the proto-4chan shit.
Then I found 4chan either in 2006 or 2007 because some knucklehead tried to hotlink a gif from 4chan, and all you got was the 4chan.org gif. So I was curious, checked it out, and sadly, have been there since. Boy, sometimes I sure do miss the goofy days of Epic Fail Guy.
I used the majority of my time in online games.
About time they explained what was up. The videos from a group I was in have been down for years and I was hoping they would be restored so I could download them, it's sad to know they're gone forever.
On the other hand my cringey personal account that I'm locked out of is still intact